Keynote Descriptions/Activities

The submenus above will show the details on our Field trips this year.

We have a wide range of presentations to educate and entertain you as well:

On Friday, Jim McCormac will teach us about our fascinating 2019 Conference Moth: The Sooty-Winged Chalcoela to kick things off.

Artist Ann Geise created beautiful artwork for us featuring it, which will be auctioned off during the event.

Friday Night Keynote

Jason Dombroskie

Friday Night’s Keynote will be courtesy of Dr. Jason Dombroskie, Manager of the Cornell University Insect Collection & Coordinator of the Insect Diagnostic Lab. His Presentation will be:

Stunning, mighty, and small – the micromoths of Ohio

Often overlooked due to their typically smaller size, micromoths are much more diverse in structure and behavior than the macromoths. Some species can change ecosystems and are vital components of healthy environments, while others cause massive economic harm. From moths that are deaf but yell, to genitalia that look like medieval torture devices, to caterpillars that can eat you when you die, we’ll look at some of the remarkable micromoths in Ohio.

Saturday Afternoon General Session

Saturday from 4:00 – 5:30 we are holding a Super-Special General Session for Everyone! – Doug Tallamy will begin the session with a 20-minute talk (topic TBD, but you know it will be inspiring!) and Sam Jaffe will follow with his presentation “Uncovering the Whole Story”.

Sam Jaffe, Director of The Caterpillar Lab, will present an original photograph and video packed talk that explores backyard pollinators, plants, parasitoids, and the many caterpillars that are positioned at the center of it all. He will introduce a “Whole Story” perspective of natural history study and appreciation that just might make you reconsider a herbivore’s place in our world. “The Whole Story” is a celebration of caterpillars in all their incarnations and across all their ecological connections.

Male & female IO Moths

Saturday Evening Keynote Presentation

Alma Solis

Finally after dinner on Saturday we will be treated to Dr. Alma Solis’ Keynote: Mysteries of Pyraloidea (snout moths) Revealed

The superfamily Pyraloidea, composed of two families, is one of the largest groups of moths on the planet with about 16,000 species worldwide. These moths vary greatly in color and pattern, wing shape, as well as in size, from several centimeters to millimeters. In many species adult males have specialized structures for courtship, usually in the form of highly specialized scales on different parts of the body, but also pockets with pheromones or sound-producing structures on the wings. Making identifications to species level is particularly difficult in this group and one reason why there is still much to be discovered. It is also one of the most diverse groups with respect to their biologies: what they eat, where they live, and how they keep from being eaten. It includes the caterpillars of sloth moths that eat sloth feces and the wax bee moth that eats wax in beehives. Most pyraloid caterpillars are terrestrial and feed on plants, but an entire subfamily of pyraloids live and breathe underwater. The beautiful adults of these species, which often have gold and silver markings on the wings, are terrestrial, and feed on flower nectar, but females of some species are known to dive into the water to lay their eggs.

Solis will share highlights of her 30+ years studying pyraloids, providing insights and movies about them to enhance your understanding and appreciation of their beauty and diversity, and the role they play in the vast web of life.